6 Weird Uses for Baking Soda Around Home

Baking soda. We've mentioned its benefits for both health and home often on our page. We often spend our money on costly cleaning products, when baking soda is all natural, affordable and capable of saving us from many common problems around the home.
6 Weird Uses for Baking Soda Around Home

Last update: 20 February, 2019

The secret to this product is its slight alkalinity, making it excellent for cleaning, eliminating odors, and even purifying our bodies. That’s why we want to tell you about these 6 weird uses for baking soda. You won’t want to miss them!

6 weird uses for baking soda

1. Unclog drains

Clean kitchen

We’ve all experienced a clogged pipe or sink at one time or another. Odor appears and we’re forced to buy a chemical product to remove the clog. Before you try an expensive and harsh drain cleaner, first try using baking soda.

You’ll need:

  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 3 cups hot water

How to use

  • Simple. First pour the baking soda down the drain followed by the hot water. It’s very effective!

2. Eliminate chemical odors from clothing

Baking soda and bath towels

Often, when we buy a new towel, bathrobe or even T-shirt, we notice the bothersome smells of chemicals and dyes and the fabric may feel stiff or rough. Try this tip to freshen your clothes:

You’ll need:

  • ½ cup baking soda

How to use it

  • Say you need to remove the smell from two towels and a t-shirt, for example. What you need to do is soak them in warm water with ½ cup of baking soda. The next day, machine wash as you normally would.

3. Remove pet urine odors

Black cat

If you have a dog or cat, then you know what we’re talking about. There’s that corner that your dog likes to urinate in or the smelly cat box in the other room. We not only want to remove odors here, but also disinfect for the safety of your pet’s health. Here’s what to do:


  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda

How to use it

  • It’s easy. The only thing you need to do is mix the baking soda with the white vinegar, then spray this solution in the areas that you want to clean and disinfect. Let it work for 2 hours and rinse with water.

4. Clean bathroom tiles

Woman taking a bath in a clean tub

With this simple household trick, you’ll have your bathroom shining in no time. Here’s how to do it:

You’ll need:

  • ¾ cup baking soda
  • 3 drops of tea tree essential oil
  • ½ cup of white vinegar
  • 3 quarts of warm water

How to use it

  • Just mix everything together and add it to a bucket with 3 quarts of warm water and use a sponge to lightly scrub the bathroom tiles. You’ll watch as your tiles start to shine little by little and thanks to the tea tree oil, they’ll be sanitized and smelling fresh. It’s fabulous!

5. Eliminate odors in the fridge

Using baking soda to elimate odors from the fridge

Sometimes you open the refrigerator and you’re hit with the unpleasant odor of old food. There’s nothing going bad inside, but it sure smells like it. What can you do? Don’t worry, baking soda is your best friend when it comes to a smelly fridge.


  • ½ cup of baking soda
  • 2 cups of hot water

How to use it

  • Empty the fridge first so its easier to clean and remove the unwanted smell. Mix the water and baking soda and use a rag to wipe down the inside surfaces. Another trick you can use to fight odors is to leave an open container with 1 cup of baking soda in the back of the fridge to absorb smells.

6. Remove odors from old books

Old book

We all know that smell and some of us even love it. The smell of old books can be comforting and even romantic. However, some people find this odor unpleasant, making it distracting to read. A great trick to fix this problem is:


  • ½ cup of baking soda
  • A plastic bag to put the book in

It’s easy. Just put the book in the bag along with the baking soda. Seal the bag and keep it this way for a week to eliminate mold and odor. You’ll really like the results!

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